Dark Thoughts About A Pretty Flower is like wine of high quality. Flavorful, with a vintage touch and an all-around smooth production. Read our discussion with The Lovelines!
Describe your sound in 3 words
Lounge, Romantic, Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia
You are a brother and sister duo! Tell us a few things about your story. Who’s doing what in terms of lyrics, songwriting, production etc?
We are! My sister is the singer, and I’m the songwriter. I’ll write music, then words, then record the instruments, and a vocal demo, then we’ll replace my voice with my sister’s voice. That’s the process. I do have to re-record the original song 5-7 half-steps down because she’s got that low, soulful voice, you know? Her voice is the superior sound, so it’s worth me doubling my work-load and recording all of our songs twice. I do this with the intention of framing the music around her voice, not her voice around the music. I’ll produce the recordings in my home studio, then mix it down with Wilderfox Studio, and then master the pre-master file with Matt Bishop.
Your sound is very sweet and with a vintage touch. What are your major musical influences?
I like to listen to my local jazz radio station, WUCF 89.9. On jazz radio, you hear bands performing rendition after rendition of what’s known as ‘standards.’ Classic compositions that bands cover, you know. I wanted to write a song that sounded like an old-fashioned jazz ‘standard’ me and my sister were covering. That faux jazz standard was our debut Strange Kind Of Love. It’s not a cover, but it’s written with the intention of sounding like a cover. That sound of that debut dictated our sonic direction so it’s important to note it’s origin, I guess.
If your music was a movie, which movie would that be?
I don’t know, some melodramatic black and white French film titled “Embrasse-moi, imbécile!” I’m a hopeless romantic, what can I do, you know?
Would you reveal each other’s funny habits?
My sister’s not here for this interview, so consider me the keeper of her secrets on this one. Well, I was a chef in The Big Apple before I returned to my hometown of Orlando, FL. Ever since, I’ve had this habit of cooking these elaborate, pretentious dinners at random; I think I do is so I don’t feel like that time as a Chef was for naught. It’s a good skill to know, I guess.
How did you come up with the name for the band?
Since our debut sounded like a lounge band covering a jazz standard, The Lovelines sounded like a the name of the lounge act that would perform it. I could imagine a band in a lounge with The Lovelines written in cursive on their drum head. I still imagine I’m writing for that fictional lounge band called The Lovelines, with my sister acting as the Chanteuse. It’s a good writing tool. The idea of writing for a fictional band, like David Bowie writing for the fictional The Spiders from Mars, is interesting to me.
Who is the most iconic duo in pop culture (music, cinema etc)?
Santo & Johnny. To me, that famous song Sleepwalk, the song you hear in dream/vacation sequences in movies, is a perfect composition. That song is the reason slide guitar is in Strange Kind Of Love. But my slide method was like a discount Santo & Johnny method. Santo & Johnny used a lap-steel guitar, whereas I used a standard-tuned electric guitar and I didn’t even use a finger-slide. I held the neck of a beer bottle to the frets (haha) because I didn’t want to make a trip to Guitar Center.
We have a full The Lovelines LP written and recorded, we plan on releasing it single-to-single over then course of 2022-2023!
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